Two of Scotland’s hottest new bands are set to rock up this year’s Scottish Music Awards. Organisers have announced that alternative rock band FATHERSON and synthpop group PRIDES will be performing at the upcoming event that supports Nordoff Robbins Scotland, and takes place at the Old Fruit Market in Glasgow on Saturday, 29th November.

The ceremony takes place every year to celebrate the hugely diverse and internationally successful Scottish music industry. It also acts as the largest source of funding for Nordoff Robbins Music Therapy in Scotland, which requires £600,000 a year to operate and is grounded in the belief that everyone, no matter how ill or disabled, can respond to music.



Prides first made their mark on the Scottish Music Industry in 2014 with the release of their EP, ‘The Seeds You Sow’. Since then they have gone on to perform all over the UK. From supporting Blink 182 to headlining at Reading & Leeds Festival, their live performances are what really make them stand out from the crowd. That and the fact the group’s unique sound is created from drummer Lewis Gardiner’s kitchen! Front man Stewart Brock states. “We pride ourselves in being able to win over a crowd.” They achieved this feat in spectacular fashion in August, performing live at the Glasgow 2014 xx Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony to 7.5 million people on BBC1.

On the work of Nordoff Robbins, Prides singer/keyboardist Stewart Brock said “We went to visit Nordoff Robbins in London recently , and speaking to them about the work they do really affected us. As musicians, we’ve all been impacted by the power of music, and it’s amazing to see it in practice – it’s great to be able to get involved with the Scottish arm of the charity.”


Joining Prides on stage are another act renowned for their live performances, Fatherson. In 2014, Fatherson released their debut album ‘I Am An Island’ to critical acclaim from some of the UK’s most respected outlets including Kerrang!, Rock Sound and Clash as well as receiving airplay from major radios stations including BBC Radio 1 (Zane Lowe, Greg James, Huw Stephens), BBC Scotland, and XFM. Their career has involved relentless touring of the UK including supporting bands such as Frightened Rabbit and Idlewild, alongside successful headline performances. They have also stepped onto the stage of some of the nation’s biggest festivals, including T in the Park and Rockness. Marc Strain from the band commented on their upcoming performance at the Scottish Music Awards saying, “We’re really excited to be involved, this year has been a really big one for us and we’re all looking forward to rounding it off with our performance at the Scottish Music Awards.”

These two acts, so polished in the art of live performance are sure to leave guests proud of the talent that Scotland has to offer. The Scottish Music Awards are bursting with exciting new talents like Prides and Fatherson, and will round off Glasgow’s year long celebration of sport and culture in the city on Saturday November 29th at the Old Fruitmarket.

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